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Thom Tyerman

Teaching and Research Fellow in International Security and Border Studies


Twitter: @thom_tyerman

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Monday 10:30-11:30

Wednesday 12:00-13:00

Weeks 1-5, 6-10 in Terms 1 and 2

I joined PAIS as Teaching and Research Fellow in International Security and Border Studies in August 2021. Prior to this I was Lecturer in International Politics at Sheffield Hallam University (2018-2021) and have taught at University of Bristol and University of Manchester. I completed my ESRC-funded PhD at University Manchester in 2016.


My research draws on poststructural and postcolonial theoretical perspectives and activist positionalities to contribute to the disciplines of international politics as well as critical border, migration, and citizenship studies. My monograph entitled Everyday Border Struggles: Segregation and Solidarity in the UK and Calais was published July 2021 in the Routledge Interventions series. It examines how borders in the UK and Calais operate through everyday practices of segregation and how everyday practices of 'migrant solidarity' challenge and resist them. In doing so, it explores how postcolonial and racialised global inequalities are both reproduced and contested in 'the everyday'.

My current research continues to look at the policing of borders through the everyday creation of hostile environments after Brexit, focusing on the impacts of securitisation in the Channel and the UK’s Nationality and Borders Bill on refugees and asylum seekers.


My teaching interests include critical international politics, security studies, human rights and critical border studies. I am also keen to further debates around decolonising the study and practice of international politics.

I am the Module Director for PO966 Concepts and Theories of International Security and seminar tutor for PO231 International Security.


Tyerman, T. (July 2021) Everyday border struggles: segregation and solidarity in the UK and Calais [Routledge Interventions]

Tyerman, T. (2021) Everyday Borders in Calais: The Globally Intimate Injustices of Segregation, Geopolitics, 26:2, 464-485 (originally published online 2019)

Tyerman, T. (2021) Cruel, impracticable, and false: the bogus assumptions underlying the New Plan for Immigration Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies Blog

Tyerman, T. and Van Isacker, T. (2020) British border securitisation in the Channel: manufacturing a crisis Border Criminologies

Tyerman, T. & Kashef, M. (2019) Outsourcing fortress Europe: sounding the alarm for solidarity Middle East Solidarity Magazine